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Transportation Planning: Land Use and Transportation Systems

This course includes a brief history of how land use and transportation have co-evolved over the last 150 years and reviews the roles of transportation systems and technology in influencing land value and locational decision.

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  • Duration 9 video lessons (62 Mins)
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. introduction (2 mins)
  • 2. The Evolution of Land Use and Transportation (11 mins)
  • 3. Causality and Economic Theory (8 mins)
  • 4. Post WWII Patterns (6 mins)
  • 5. Working With Land Use (8 mins)
  • 6. Working With Transportation (7 mins)
  • 7. Adaptability and Uncertainty (6 mins)
  • 8. The Future of Land Use/Transportation Relationships (7 mins)
  • 9. Wrap-Up (4 mins)

What You Will Learn

  • Understand the co-evolution of land use, transportation, and transportation technology in the last 150 years.
  • Understand economic theory about location behavior, including bid rent curves.
  • Critique post WWII land use patterns from an efficiency, environmental, and social equity standpoint.
  • Learn the strategies in land use planning to improve land use/transportation coordination, such as mixed uses and transit-oriented development.
  • Gain familiarity with strategies in transportation provision
  • Understand the transition from single purpose land uses and transportation to adaptable systems, including form-based codes and multimodal streets.
  • Develop a future outlook on how disruptive technological changes and changing social choices will affect land use/transportation relationships.

Course Description

Land use and transportation systems are inextricably linked. Land uses, and their distribution in space, produce demands for travel, while transportation systems allow the spatial distribution of land uses. This course reviews the roles of transportation systems and technology in influencing land value and locational decisions. The course also shows how integrated planning for land use and transportation systems is overcoming a historical separation that produced poor outcomes in congestion, equity, and environment in post-WW2 American cities.

Learn these skills

  • Economics
  • Land Use
  • Law and Policy
  • Parking
  • Pedestrian Planning
  • Public Health
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Walkability
  • Zoning Codes


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is approved for 1 CNU-A credit.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

Richard Willson

Richard Willson

Richard Willson is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Dr. Willson's research addresses parking policy, climate change planning, land/use transportation relationships, travel demand management, and transit-oriented development.

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